Inspirational words – from my newest AMWA “idol”

Marianne Mallia, ELS, winner of the 2010 AMWA Swanberg Distinguished Service Award gave an inspiring acceptance speech tonight. She shared the favorite poem of Dr. Denton Cooley from the Texas Heart Institute; the poem is engraved at the entrance of the building.

“Bag of Tools” by R.L. Sharpe

Isn’t it strange

that princes and kings

and clowns that caper

in sawdust rings

and common people

like you and me

are builders for eternity?

Each is given

a bag of tools

a shapeless mass

a book of rules;

and each must make

ere life has flown

a stumbling block

or a stepping stone.

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